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Public & Human Rights Law

Our team offers considerable expertise in public law, and in the promotion and protection of basic human rights, both nationally and internationally.

We specialise in securing access to justice for our clients - ensuring accountability, and correcting abuses and rights violations. Dedicated to promoting the rule of law and protecting human rights, our barristers relish advising on public law decisions, whether challenging or defending them in judicial review, or through similar statutory challenges and appeals.

Judicial Review proceedings

Judicial Review proceedings enable challenge to be made to decisions by Courts and Tribunals, by regulators and by bodies whose public functions impact individuals and companies. This jurisdiction is an essential protection of a person’s civil rights against unlawful administrative irrationality or excess.

We have specialist experience drafting complex Judicial Review proceedings in cases flowing from the other areas of law within our common law practice.

Our members have been involved in judicial review arising from a wide variety of circumstances: including social security, immigration and asylum, prison law and detention, local government, public procurement, homelessness, freedom of expression, harassment, rights of the child, racial discrimination, criminal charging decisions and the recovery of the proceeds of crime.

We are familiar with the demands of high-profile cases, having appeared for and against Commonwealth Governments in the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. These matters often involve international human rights law, conflict of laws, and the judicial review of public bodies outside England and Wales.

Individual members of chambers undertake work at all levels from first instance administrative tribunals, the Administrative Court, the Supreme Court the European Court of Human Rights. Our clients include government departments, individuals, corporations, charitable bodies and NGOs.

Members Who Specialise

Sir Geoffrey Cox KC


Mathew Sherratt KC


Charles J W Benson KC


Bernard Eaton


David Gottlieb


Manus Egan


Christopher Harding


Fiona Edington


Edward Risso-Gill


Desiree Artesi


William Frain-Bell


Faisal Saifee


Nicholas Maggs


Zoë Gibbon


Stephanie Wookey


Tracy Bird


Patrick Wise-Walsh


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